The Department on Aging sponsors the RSVP Volunteer Program
The AmerisourceBergen Foundation is an independent not-for-profit charitable giving organization established by the AmerisourceBergen Corporation to support health-related causes that enrich the global community. The Foundation aims to improve the health and well being of its patient populations – both human and animal by investing in communities and partnering with organization to expand access to quality healthcare and provide resources to ensure prescription drug safety.
The Butler County Department on Aging serves all citizens of Butler County who are age 60 and over. Many of the services are at no cost to the recipients. The Department on Aging sponsors the RSVP Volunteer Program which enrolls volunteers over the age of 55 to serve at a variety of non-profit agencies who are meeting local needs, including the Department on Aging.
According to Generation RX, there is relatively easy access to medications. For example, although the U.S. comprises less than 5% of the world’s population, Americans consume 80% of the world’s supply of prescription painkillers. Further, about two-thirds of those misusing these drugs report that they obtained the medications from family members or friends.
Volunteers with the RSVP program will be assigned to the Butler County Department on Aging and will distribute medication disposal bags to local Senior Citizens so that unused medications will not fall into the wrong hands further adding to the opioid crisis.
The medication disposal bags will be distributed by RSVP volunteers to senior citizens at health and wellness fairs, senior centers, and other locations and events where senior citizens gather. They will also be available at the Department on Aging office for pick-up. Along with the distribution of the medication disposal bags RSVP staff and/or volunteers will provide a short educational presentation and literature about the opioid crisis and the importance of proper disposal of medications so that they do not fall into the hands of family members and/or friends who might misuse them.
If you would like more information, please contact Melody Gault at 316-775-0500.